Taipei-The number of international visitors to Taiwan fell almost 6 percent in the first six months of the year, due mainly to a drop in arrivals from China, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
In the period January to June, visitor arrivals to Taiwan totaled 5.12 million, a decline of 5.7 percent from the same period last year, the data showed.
Of that number, 3.61 million visited Taiwan for tourism purposes, a year-on-year drop of 6.9 percent, according to the statistics.
China was the largest source of visitors to Taiwan in the six-month period, accounting for 1.26 million, but the number was the lowest in five years and represented a 40.1 percent decline from the same period in 2016, the data showed.
However, visitor arrivals from several other countries increased, with arrivals from South Korea in particular showing a 30.2 percent year-on-year growth to 530,000 in the first half of the year, according to the data.
Arrivals from Hong Kong and Macau increased 7.6 percent to 810,000, and from Japan 1.2 percent to 890,000, the statistics showed.
Meanwhile, the number of visitors from Taiwan to other countries grew 6.8 percent year-on-year to a record high of 7.75 million for the six-month period, with Japan remaining the top destination, the data indicted.
Some 2.32 million visitors from Taiwan traveled to Japan in the first half of the year, while 1.92 million visited China, and 1.18 million went to Hong Kong and Macau, according to the statistics.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel